100 hours in Tokyo

Today, I just returned from my favourite city in the world – Tokyo.

You’re likely wondering how anyone (let alone an introvert like me) could think it’d be a good idea to put around 37 million people in one place and be happy with it, but Tokyo is a different kind of place. If you like to be with people, there are about 37 million others that you could connect to, if you’re an introvert, this city will let “you do you”. In fact, it’s probably the only place in the world where you could pull off playing real-life Mario Kart with no one being bothered.

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Playing Mario Kart in Shibuya Crossing

Returning to Tokyo after having lived there for a few years is always an exciting experience and I’m happy for every opportunity to go.

Obviously, the food in Tokyo (and in Japan overall) is super tasty. Apart from your regular Ramen (although Yasubee is awesome) and Sushi (e.g. this Standing Sushi bar in Shibuya), one of my favourites is Japanese Curry:

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Coco Ichi Curry (to be found in Shibuya and ~1200 shops across Japan)

This makes me decidedly “B級グルメ” which is a Japanese word describing someone who indulges not necessarily in the highest echelons of fancy food, but takes care to eat “the best of the regular” menus, e.g. fancy burgers, fancy sushi, fancy curry places.

Most of the time, you’ll be able to score a lunch for around 1000 JPY (~8 EUR, ~9 USD) and eat at a much higher quality than you’d get for about double that in most other countries.

This particular trip was exhausting, coming right after the trip to Manila and with just 20 hours wedged in between in Singapore, all I could do was recover as best I could and enjoy some of the scenery.

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Shibuya Scramble Crossing

Tokyo is currently in high preparation mode for the 2020 Olympics, same as the 1964 Olympics which brought the Shinkansen (bullet train) and other technological advances to the country.

On the day I arrived this time, Shibuya station was under construction for removing barriers and aligning the platforms for not only the Yamanote line, but also the Shonan-Shinjuku line and the Narita Express. This will make it easier for travellers to arrive from one of Tokyo’s two airports and interchange to the local and regional trains in Shibuya (improving on a ~10 minute walk that was previously necessary to interchange between the Yamanote line and the others).

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Renewed avenue from Tokyo Station towards the Imperial Palace

Obviously, this trip being just ~100 hours in Tokyo, I didn’t get to travel outside of city boundaries, but if you do have the chance, I recommend you to go to some of the nature reserves and mountainous areas in the close vicinity, such as Hakone.

If you like, pls. enjoy my video from my last trip to Tokyo:

Of course, this time I was also happy enough to catch the aforementioned Narita Express for a worry-free trip back to Narita airport and an early check-in before flying back to Singapore.

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Narita Express Station in Tokyo

One last note – if you do have the chance, try travelling to Japan on one of the established Japanese carries, JAL or ANA. Both of them provide excellent service for the money that makes other carriers flying to Japan try to catch up. Flying on the newest equipment (both JAL and ANA are the largest customers of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner) makes for an effortless and more relaxing journey.

Obviously, ANA’s special edition Sake (日本酒) also helps when flying in the late evening!

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Obviously, Tokyo is a complete drone no-fly zone after someone tried (stupidly enough) to land a drone with radioactive materials on the prime ministers residence, so I didn’t bring my drone – but rest assured, the next drone video is already in the making.

That being said, thanks as always for watching/reading and subscribing to my blog.

See you next time!

Flo

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